Frederick County Public Schools will reopen under a full virtual mode for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday for the first semester of the school year to be conducted virtually with the caveat that specific, targeted groups of students would be brought in occasionally for face-to-face instruction. The board also voted to suspend fall sports in hopes that fall teams could have a shortened season.

The specific groups of students would most likely be marginalized populations such as Special Education students and English Language (EL) students whose academic success might

be seriously challenged by a lack of in-person instruction.

Each board member expressed both support of opening virtually and concern of how such a reopening would affect specific students.

“I’m in favor of exploring some creative options and solutions for us to open some buildings for a select group of students...really prioritizing our students with [Individualized Education Plans] and our English Language learners,” board member Rae Gallagher said.

Besides Special Education students and EL students, the question now becomes who else the Board will determine as in need of face-to-face instruction.

Members floated different ideas such as students under the age of 10, students who are transitioning such as Kindergartners, sixth graders and ninth graders, and students who are enrolled in courses at the Career and Technology Center. Board President Brad Young also brought up the idea of students who were included in the redistricting process from last year and were slated to attend a new school.

“If we can find those opportunities to make [students] feel comfortable and know a little bit more about their school then we should explore them,” Young said.

The question of who the Board and school system chooses to bring into buildings is likely to play out over the next week. Board member Michael Bunitsky asked if there is an ethical dilemma in bringing in these students over others.

“We’re going to get criticized for bringing in groups of kids...are we sacrificing those kids over other students? That’s a conundrum that we’re going to have to deal with,” Bunitsky said.

Board Vice President Jay Mason also brought up the idea of minority students, especially Black males, who don’t have IEPs or other documented needs but are known to need extra help, based on achievement gap data.

“Who do we prioritize? There are a lot of students out here who need help,” Mason said. “I choose the virtual model but I think we’re going to leave out a lot of students and I’m fearful that a lot of the Black students will be left out.”

The decision to reopen virtually came after a two-hour discussion by the board during which members also heard from Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, the county’s chief health officer. Brookmyer gave an in-depth presentation about COVID-19, how it spreads, and data showing how the county is faring in terms of battling the virus. She made it clear that she does not think the virus will disappear on its own.

She also answered questions from Board members related to contact tracing among students, air filtration in buildings, and the safety of outdoor activities.

Bringing students together, in almost every fashion, comes with a risk she said. The decision to reopen in a full virtual mode comes after the school system struggled to provide distance learning in the Spring when schools initially shut down. Parents, students, and teachers all expressed criticism over how the school year ended.

However, board members seemed confident Wednesday that this upcoming virtual semester would operate more efficiently and effectively.

“What we did in March in going to virtual learning was emergency and I think that there has been time for learning and for improvement,” board member Lois Jarman said. Now that the board has made a final decision, a report will be sent to the Maryland State Department of Education and FCPS will begin putting in place methods and resources for the virtual start. The board is also expected to dive into a deeper discussion on which students should be brought into buildings at their next meeting on August 5.

Follow Katryna Perera on Twitter: @katrynajill.

(90) comments

jth7100

This just in, they're going virtual despite your opinions.

vodalone

If the 2nd semester of school will be virtual learning, which is very likely, forget about summer vacation for the kids for a while. They will need full calendar year in school instruction for I would think at least 2 or 3 years to catch up.

becksterjo75

Every public school system in Maryland which has made a decision about reopening school has chosen to start with virtual learning.

huskycats

Patom969, very interesting question. I'd love to see the answer.

JohnSchaeffer1

Might just as well officially given the kids a year off. Most wont learn or even try. Its carte blanc to them to spend the year on social media or playing video games.

NewMarketParent

@JohnSchaeffer1

Do you offer an alternative that doesn't risk students and staff lives?

MD1756

With proper teacher and parental guidance, some will no doubt benefit more from virtual leaning than in class learning where there may be more distractions. Just remember, the parents should be the primary ones interested in their children's learning and should make sure no matter what the education model is, that their children are on the road to a successful education which often leads to a successful life.

patomd969

So if FCPS go virtual, what happens with the school budget and county taxes for ALL taxpayers? We no longer need school buses (drivers, maintenance and gas for these buses). We no longer need cafeteria workers. We no longer need to buy food for meals for students. Do we need all the janitors currently employed to clean schools that are empty? How about all the non-teachers, school support staff, and so on? Just asking?

wran

And, do we need all the teachers? Does every teacher need to teach class online, or could a small cadre of teachers conduct online courses for all students county wide?

MD1756

Even if all of that were true, there is already so much shortfall in education spending that any temporary savings should be used to address long existing problems such as schools at or over capacity (19 in 2018/19 school year), fully funding pension plans, spending money on the tools for virtual learning (to do it effectively requires some significant changes from in person training so that it doesn't get boring and the information sinks in), etc. While I'm all for saving tax payer money by spending it where it will be effective and not wasting it on programs that are not efficient and/or effective, this is not the time to cut taxes but use any surplus to meet longstanding needs (and hopefully reduce the potential need to raise taxes more in the future when the full force of the Kirwan legislation comes into effect).

NewMarketParent

@MD1756

Hear hear!!!!

vodalone

EXACTLY. That tax money should be staying in the pockets of citizens, especially those with kids.

newspostreader

vodalone - Why especially those with kids? Is your tax money more valuable because you have kids than someone who doesn't? I don't understand your logic.

vodalone

The logic is the parents of younger children which require more attention and direction during virtual learning have to adjust their entire lives to now ensure their kids are educated properly. Parents are now required to be trained educators everyday. Parents will have to quit jobs, quit or change the way they care for elderly family members, it's really quite simple, not sure what you're not understanding about this.

hayduke2

Way to not be selfish and have a can do outlook voda

newspostreader

vodalone - These are things that one must think of before having children. A teacher is not your daycare. I chose not to have children because I didn't want to be "tied" to these types of responsibilities. We need to be accountable for our actions. I'm not saying it's going to be easy. It won't be, but to feel those specifically with children deserve a tax refund or additional compensation is not logical. Again, when you choose to have a child, you choose to take on the responsibility of raising that child.

BornToHula2

You might be interested in having active tax payers around when you retire. The next generation is in your interest whether you have kids or not.

duffy5x

So much you don't know, but you sure don't let the slow you down.

lleggieri

Surely, a decision as impactful as this one was based on evidence, and not influenced in any way by fear or politics. If so, then it should be a simple matter for the Board to provide the public with the evidence that informed its decision. I suggest that the Board present the entire body of evidence used, including but not limited to the citations for any studies that have demonstrated or suggested the transmission of the COVID-19 virus from students to teachers, or vice versa, and data from documented cases of such transmission in the US or in any other nation.

jsklinelga

lleggieri

As frequent posters here know I am a Trump supporter. Also my grand kids decided to withdraw from public schools several years ago. I am certainly not a fan of the all powerful Teacher's Union and the current school curriculum.

BUT I do not see how the FCPS had any reasonable choice but to go virtual. The current infection rate is close to 5%. Surely if school started up it would inch higher. If a hybrid system was implemented it seems it would face numerous obstacles if students or staff started testing positive.

IMO the best course of action would be to accept this decision and work to help solve the numerous problems it will present. The politics will get intense but for now it might be best to treat his as if our community got hit by an unexpected natural disaster. Because it did.

public-redux

I wonder what could possibly cause you to stop supporting Trump. Suppose he was caught on a hot mike saying that he couldn’t believe so many Christians were so gullible as to believe him. Would that be enough? Suppose he said that he had indeed paid for numerous abortions and had each woman sign an NDA. Would that be enough? What would it actually take for you to stop supporting Trump?

At this point I feel pity for people who support Trump,

jth7100

Who's Kristi Noem? Why she was once the South Dakota Snow Queen! The cradle of COVID research.

vodalone

Parents who have to be home and educate their kids should be compensated. Slash teacher salaries and provide the funds from that as subsidies for those families which have to stay home from work and become teachers.

MrSniper

What are you talking about? These are trained experienced professionals. They will be teaching our children virtually for everyone’s future.

vodalone

You must not have a kid in the school system. Teachers are getting an easy ride with this virtual learning setup while parents have to monitor and ensure kids understand and complete the work aka being the teacher. We went through this from March to June and it’s supposed to be more immersive for the new year which means more parent involvement. I suggest you educate yourself on the topic before asking me what I’m talking about.

gramps

How about slashing the administrative salaries and leave the teachers alone. The teachers are actually working not sure what the administrators are doing.

momo

Actually, teachers spend much more time and work doing this virtually than in-classroom. Well documented. "Spend some time educating yourself". I don't like getting nasty in comments sections, but why the nasty tone to a comment?

NewMarketParent

@vodalone

I agree that we must push to make sure our kids are getting the education that are hard-earned tax dollars is paying for, but why the vitriol towards teachers?

vodalone

@ NewMarketParent. It's not vitriol, and I'm not just talking about the teachers, I'm including all school staff which which have little or no inclusion with the virtual learning program. It's simple really, if you are not providing a service which you are getting paid for you get furloughed or laid off like the rest off us, no point in pretending a PE teacher is needed in virtual learning.

Just Wondering

Vodalone

I have to infer from the tone of your post that you are resentful and feel teachers are not doing enough. Teachers are working hard to teach in a complex environment which is not often used to teach young children. How about giving them a little support?

MD1756

Vodalone wrote "Teachers are getting an easy ride with this virtual learning setup while parents have to monitor and ensure kids understand and complete the work aka being the teacher."

As one with no children who has to pay more income taxes simply because I have no children, the way I see it is that parent all along have been getting it easy by expecting the school system to take responsibility for their children. Regardless of how the children are taught (in person or distance) the parents always have the obligation to make sure their children are doing their school work and learning and if they are struggling to learn, the parents should be helping their children. That responsibility has not changed. Some who have not been stepping up to the plate in the past may now have to do so now.

duffy5x

You are utterly ignorant on this topic. It is painfully obvious.

JohnRambo

Not a single fcps teacher is professionally trained to teach virtually.

NewMarketParent

@JohnRambo

Sources cited?

Just Wondering

Many teachers are taking classes this summer that center around online teaching. Since teachers are required to take classes in order to get their licenses renewed, many selected to take classes focusing on online teaching.

MD1756

NMP, I'm sure JohnRambo's comment is false since it is an absolute, but it may not be far from the truth. I developed some inspector training courses when I worked at the EPA. As budgets were cut (especially travel budgets), the money for in-person training wasn't available so we had to modify our training for online training. It does require significant differences in how the material is presented. (even if it is live distance learning versus just computer based training which is more difficult yet to make it effective). To me that just suggests that money shouldn't be cut but spent on doing what is necessary to make distance learning work. Another alternative is to just pause everyone's education for one year, but I doubt many would go for that. As I see it, it's a trade off between not potentially increasing deaths versus the convenience of parents and their children. The children can be educated for another year if it doesn't work well. Dead people can be brought back to life after a year.

vodalone

@MD1766. Well guess what, then you get to save on the expenditures of having children which highly exceed the extra couple bucks you pay in taxes each year 😃. Someone has to keep the human race going so you can enjoy your pension or retirement in your older years.

NewMarketParent

@MD1756

As with anything else, we can only do what we can to make sure that teachers have what they need. It seems like with good/bad teachers, we can try to push and make sure they are all doing all they can to help our kids. The amount of effort to validate that they are taking training may be higher than the return on that investment. Some of it would be the honor system, but that may be the best we can get. It is really hard to stop bad actors.

MD1756

Vodalone, those people that may be needed to help me in my old age have already been educated. Despite the higher taxes I've paid, I've saved enough that even if I didn't have a pension from the federal government and social security I should still be able to survive. I'm not a world traveler nor do I have expensive hobbies. Don't have children for my sake. In stead of being concerned about me in my old age, I'd rather you spent money on reducing your adverse environmental impact as I have for mine.

duffy5x

WRONG

NickB

You may be disappointed in how little you will get in compensation.

vodalone

If you combine admin. staff, janitors, bus drivers, etc. I'm sure it would come out to a hefty amount.

sevenstones1000

Is that the new Trump Threat? Slash teachers’ salaries if they don’t put their students’ and their lives at risk?

vodalone

Please tell me what a PE teacher is getting paid for when kids are at home virtual learning.

newspostreader

vodalone - Compensated? Are you kidding me? YOU ARE COMPENSATED! It's that nice tax break you get for every child you have. Those of us without children don't get that tax break. Instead, we get to pay more to educate your children.

vodalone

That tax break is nothing compared to what it costs to raise a child, get off your high horse you're not doing me or anyone with children any favors. The subsidies for parents should come from the school system, if it's not the teachers it should be from administrators or other staff who are obviously not required to bet there when there is no in classroom learning.

Dwasserba

It's not "being on a high horse" to choose to be childless or delay parenting until it is more likely you can afford the unforseen. Not to mention, those who are childless but would choose differently if it were a choice they could make. Yes. It costs to raise a child. "Fairness" is a complicated issue. People aren't going to agree on what it is.

newspostreader

vodalone - It appears you are the one on the high horse. Yes, it does cost more to raise a child than the tax break. Not disputing that at all, but to suggest compensation? Don't have kids if you can't afford them. Problem solved.

MD1756

Vodalone, having children is a choice and with it comes responsibility. If you chose to have children, you chose to have the cost associated with having children. Vodalone, Why do you think it is morally right for those who have no children to pay more in income taxes when they aren't putting a burden on the state and local governments for educating children? Look at the state budget and local budget and you will see that education is a significant (in the case of the state) and in some cases a majority of a local government's budget. Just think how much lower our taxes could be for everyone if no one here had children and we then let more young adults immigrate to this country (not that I'm suggesting that we set that as a policy but it's just a mental what if). Then you wouldn't have to complain about paying teachers to do nothing. We are not on a high horse we are asking for equity.

MD1756

Sorry, I forgot to stop the bold after "Vodalone, Why do you think it is morally right for those who have no children to pay more in income taxes when they aren't putting a burden on the state and local governments for educating children?"

public-redux

gabe, This why I support paying people who voluntarily get sterilized. More for no kids, less after one child.

vodalone

newspostreader - So you expect me to be okay for my tax dollars being thrown away because you feel like "hey if you don't make X amount you shouldn't reproduce"? WOW. If you pay taxes I would think you'd want them to go the actual people having the biggest impact on educating kids, which is the parents at least temporarily in these times. If you're okay throwing your hard earned money at some PE teacher who's laying back at home forwarding some generic work out plan once a week to parents for their children that's on you.

vodalone

MD1756: You have no school aged children in your family? Nephews, nieces, grandkids? I presume you do, so any amount you pay in taxes for their education benefits you in some way directly, and in countless other ways indirectly. My tax dollars may go to benefits you enjoy directly that I don't, but what's true across the board is that those funds get allocated properly. In the current setup of virtual learning those funds are whether going into the wrong hands, or being wasted altogether. It boggles my mind anyone would rather waste those funds instead of them going to parents who have to have to quit jobs, stop caring for elderly family member, etc. because of virtual learning. Just take a moment and think about it.

newspostreader

Vodalone - I'm sorry but can you tell me where I said not to reproduce if you don't make a certain amount of money? I didn't. I said if you can't afford children you shouldn't have them. It isn't the responsibility of others to raise your children? As mentioned above, I pay more taxes because I do not have children. I don't get that tax credit that parents do. I'm okay with that because children are our future and need to be educated whether I have them or not. BUT for someone to then say because they do have children that they should be compensated? Yeah, NO! That's where I have the problem. Sadly this is the thought process of many parents today. The more children they have, the more government assistance they get, therefore they continue to have more children. Don't tell me this doesn't happen because I know people who do this. This kind of greed from a parent is not fair to the child.

MD1756

Vodalone, we have a human overpopulation problem, thus the issue with human induced climate change, our adverse impact on ecosystems beyond climate change and the extinction of species because there are 7.8+ billion people on the planet and still growing. Have children if you want, but why do you think you have the moral standing to demand those of us with no children pay more in taxes when we are not creating a demand for education. As far as the human race is concerned, the continued growth may be a greater danger than if the population were to actually shrink to a more manageable size. Ponzi schemes ultimately fail. If there are any reduced operating costs this year, keep the money for education and put it towards the backlog of funding needs as I've already stated.

vodalone

MD1756, newspostreader - You are both making a mountain out of a mole hill with the overpopulation talk, pollution talk, etc. Nobody is talking about abandoning responsibility to our kids in terms of education, only to allocate resources to where they are required and needed the most. The issue is this pandemic and its effects are unprecedented, your parents would have been on my side if you were born during these times, it's simply a case of if you're not a parent you don't really understand and it's as simple as that.

MD1756

Vodalone, I have no children so, in response to whether or not I have nephews, nieces and grandchildren, the answers are no, no and no. The family line ends with Me and my sister (as it has already ended with my brother earlier this year). It never ceases to amaze me that people who get the tax deductions/credits like to act like I'm saying none of my tax money should go to education. You have to make up a scenario I did not discuss. Nowhere did I say none of my taxes should go to public education. I am saying that those who have no children should not have to pay more in taxes because they have no children. Not one person has justified why those with no children should pay more in taxes because they have no children. I don't like getting screwed if I'm not having sex and that’s what is happening with the tax policy. You can quote me on that. If you don’t consume gasoline you don’t pay a gas tax. If you don’t have children, you are taxed more because you aren’t using a service? That’s just plain discriminatory and I would say immoral since I’m being taxed to make it easier for people to have more children when we have too many people on the planet already and I believe over population is one of the planet’s biggest problems (see other posts on that matter).

gabrielshorn2013

MD1756, I think its easier to understand by saying "get rid of the child tax credit on income taxes". The effect is the same in that others will not be subsidizing those that take the credits. Of course those with kids who count on the credit will howl. It's another "third rail" that once offered, will probably not be rescinded. If the government were serious about climate change, they would not have tax policies like child tax credits that subsidize population growth. You tax what you want to discourage, and subsidize what you want to encourage.

MD1756

Vodalone, with your response I rest my case. You and others like you simply refuse to admit that taxing someone more because they don't place a burden on the government is not fair. You can disagree with the population issue (it is anyone's right to believe what they want regardless of the logic or the science (i.e., destroyed ecosystems, and causing other species to be extinct, etc.)) but your deflections only serve to show the illogical and I would say immoral position you hold. You're examples hold no water as you're only throwing out possibilities (PE teacher example) with no actual knowledge of what is and will happen with the schools programs. As such it is not worth my time to respond to what I believe are your illogical and immoral positions any more. I stand by my earlier quote made at 4:10 pm.

duffy5x

Do some research. Clearly, you know NO IDEA about what you are speaking. ALL teachers have to move their course content and assessment online. ALL.

DickD

I find this argument about not paying a PERSON teacher amusing. Amusing because Des is a middle school PE teacher making over 100,000.a year in MOCO. ..I am sure Dave would disagree with you, I wouldn't.

DickD

PE not person.

momo

Really?!?! Teachers make so much that you want to slash their salaries? And that would save how much money to pay parents?

JohnRambo

Teachers and admins should absolutely be furloughed. Everyone else is going to work, and guess what? If they don’t, they don’t get paid! This is a complete and total failure by Fcps leadership.

NewMarketParent

@JohnRambo

As opposed to what?

You want to risk everyone else's kids?

We are all in a tough spot right now. If you are unsure of the risk, you can go and volunteer in a hospital with no PPE and come back and give us your findings (in a couple of months if/when you recover). Asking teachers/staff to gather in a building with ventilation not tuned to stop the spread of a virus and spend 8+ hours a day with children who can't even sit quietly and then ask them to keep their masks on all day?

How would that even work? Not to mention that 40% of the people who have the virus are asymptomatic and could/would spread it in schools and ultimately back out into the community.

I'll wait to read your plan that would keep everyone safe....

JohnRambo

I’m not suggesting a plan for anyone else. I’m advocating that tax payers shouldn’t have to pay educators when they don’t go to work. I can tell you my plan and that is private school. The reality is that day cares and private schools are going to be packed. Day cares already are.

JohnRambo

If you want me to formulate a plan, I’d start with parental choice as to in person or virtual. I’d implement outdoor classes when weather permits, using larger facilities for smaller classrooms, I.e. the high schools for elementary classes, foreseeing that half of high schoolers will probably be virtual. Maybe extending classes into Saturday to space them apart.

There are plenty of reasonable ideas that the admins failed to implement. Hence my comment complete and total failure

JohnRambo

My personal plan is private school. Good thing this complete failure was foreseeable and I secured spots a month ago

NewMarketParent

@JohnRambo

Seems like you already figured out your plan and I really hope that your family and your kids are able to stay safe in a private school. I don't see how a private school is going to be able to do it any better than a public school. The only way that they will be able to claim lower risk is because there will be less people there.

Parental choice does not keep school staff safe. You are risking the educational staff for your kids.

How would outdoor classes work in rain? Also, we can't magically make schools bigger so how would the larger facilities even work? The plan you wrote out here has a direct dependency on virtual being an option.

I am still looking for the reasonable ideas. I would love for my kids to go back to schools, but the risk isn't worth it.

Let's for example say that since no one seems to be naturally immune to this virus that everyone in school gets it. Let's also say that the school has 75 students and 25 support staff and all 100 get sick. If the stats hold, you are talking about at least 2 people in that school dying. Are you ok with that? Which 2 should die?

That doesn't even take into account that anyone who gets sick will ultimately bring the virus back into their home.

Just Wondering

JohnRambo

It is sad that you are so uninformed. Teachers are teaching in an environment that they have never taught in before. They are taking classes and preparing for what they know will be a challenge. It is unfortunate that you know so little about education. Some people are of the mindset that since they went to school, they know what education is all about. Are you of that mindset?

JohnRambo

You sound like a teacher. I am informed enough to know that if teachers salaries depended on them going to work, school would start a month early. No matter how many summer classes teachers take (I'm sure its not very taxing), it will never be enough to boost the effectiveness of the FCPS virtual learning model to an acceptable level. When teachers refuse to go to work and demand to work from home, their value to the taxpayer is significantly reduced. All I am saying is that their compensation should reflect that.

duffy5x

They are working. Just stop.

JohnRambo

they are working from home and failing their core mission. They are failing because they are stomping their feet and refusing to go to work. I’m not suggesting that any teacher be forced to go in, but if they don’t, they shouldn’t get paid.

Just Wondering

Vodalone

Teachers are trained professionals who must continually take education classes to keep their skills fresh and their license up to date. Many teachers have taken classes to help them prepare for the online classroom experience. Based on your comment - slash teachers' salaries - I must infer that you view teachers as babysitters rather than highly trained professionals.

MD1756

Not that cutting education budget now is a good idea, but any savings from "slash[ing] teacher salaries should go to those who pay more of the teacher's salaries i.e. people who do not have children since people who do not have children are not given income tax deductions/credits for having those children. I think you're being short sighted and as mentioned above any "surplus" should be used to address long standing funding issues with the public education system.

duffy5x

Slash teacher salaries? Why? Oh right.. now you have to actually have to parent.

dabittle

As if the outcome of the BOE's perfunctory meeting was ever in question. I trust they paused to ponder, if only briefly, the following celebrated quotation, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain

MrSniper

Uh, that’s cute. When you are ready to return to reality, we will all be waiting for you. Now is the time for reasonable adults to decide how we move forward with the education of our community’s children.

penelopedevereux

The science is clear, Gov. Kristi Noem said, schools should open and students should be learning in person. There’s low transmission rates among children .But the risks of being out of school outweighs the health risk of dealing with COVID-19 and while online learning helped the state through the initial phase of the pandemic, it's not a long-term solution, she said. Lengthy time away from school often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify important learning deficits, child physical or sexual abuse, addiction and suicidal problems.

"Today, per a JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics study, we know that ‘children are at far greater risk of critical illness from influenza than from COVID-19. For many students, the consequences of not being in school are far greater than the health risks of COVID. Accordingly, it’s best to have students in school this fall."

But not for Frederick County.

Greg F

Being sick and or dead is not a good trade for in person learning. You can’t learn when your dead or in a hospital and not too well when you’ve dragged it home to do the same to others - who then are paying the hefty bills if they did recover.

MrSniper

Sir, I would recommend you not take any scientific advice from any politician. Instead, look to scientists. The leading health experts advise not opening schools until rates of infection are under control. That means wearing masks & practicing social distancing.

sevenstones1000

Who is Kristi Noem?

awteam2000

A Trump crony.

NewMarketParent

@penelopedevereux

Cherry pick much?

Which science is clear. You are basing your science on a governor. That's not science.

And while JAMA may say that COVID-19 doesn't harm children as much. Children can easily be carriers and spread it to staff who could/would take it home. Additionally, while it may not be as harmful to children in general, they go home every day and can spread it to their siblings, parents and grandparents.

This take is about as disingenuous as they come.

Dwasserba

Children transmit illness to vulnerable adults.

Just Wondering

It may be a small risk for children (maybe), but what about the teachers? What about the families the children go home to? What about the families the teachers go home to? Are you willing to risk even one death? How will you explain this to a child when their teacher dies? What if a teacher spreads it to children? I guess you will want to sue the school system.

duffy5x

Noem has more sheep her state than people. Great example.

DickD

Very good decision with a lot of empathy. It's the best they can do and education is a lifetime experience. .Better by far this way.

awteam2000

[thumbup]

Just Wondering

DickD I agree with you!

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